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NY Debarking Bill Passes Assembly - Contact Your Senator Now!

(Thursday, June 14, 2012)

Yesterday, the New York State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 3431 which would ban the practice of debarking.

Responsible New York dog owners and breeders are strongly encouraged to contact their New York Senate TODAY and ask them to OPPOSE Assembly Bill 3431. Use the “Find My Senator” tool at www.nysenate.gov to type in your address and find your Senator’s contact information.

The press release issued by the Assembly demonstrates that the legislators have an incorrect understanding of what this procedure actually is, and the important role it can play in ensuring dogs stay out of shelters and in loving homes.

When contacting your State Senator, take a moment to explain that when performed by a qualified veterinarian, this procedure simply softens the bark to a level that is less offensive to neighbors and the community. When other behavior modification and training have failed, this is a safe, reasonable procedure that would likely enable the dog to stay in the home rather than being sent to a shelter.

Talking Points:

Read the AKC’s position statement on debarking

Read AKC’s Issue Analysis: Dispelling the Myths of Cropped Ears, Docked Tails, Dewclaws, and Debarking

View a sample letter to personalize

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.